Emeline Sarah Thurman

2 February 1841–18 July 1863 (Age 22)
Rockport, Spencer, Indiana, United States

The Life of Emeline Sarah

When Emeline Sarah Thurman was born on 2 February 1841, in Rockport, Spencer, Indiana, United States, her father, John C Thurman, was 35 and her mother, Sarah Whitehouse, was 30. She married Athe Meeks III on 31 December 1857, in Spencer, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Ohio Township, Spencer, Indiana, United States in 1850 and Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 18 July 1863, in Grandview, Hammond Township, Spencer, Indiana, United States, at the age of 22, and was buried in Whitehouse Cemetery, Grass Township, Spencer, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Athe Meeks III
Emeline Sarah Thurman
Marriage: 31 December 1857
Sarah Ann Meeks

Spouse and Children

31 December 1857
Spencer, Indiana, United States


Parents and Siblings

    John C Thurman


    Sarah Whitehouse




    Jeremiah M Thurman


    William Francis Thurman


    Aaron Franklin Thurman


    Mary Ann Thurman


    Alfred Thurman


+1 More Child

World Events (5)


Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 10

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 15

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

1 English (East Midlands): from the Middle English personal name Thurmond, Old Norse þormundr, composed of the elements þórr, name of the Norse god of thunder ( see Thor ) + mundr ‘protection’. Reaney and Wilson suggest that, Thurmond having been an uncommon personal name, this surname may also represent the commoner name Thurmod, Thormod with the second element derived from Old Norse móþr ‘mind’, ‘courage’, but assimilated to -mund (a common second element in other compound names).2 German (Thurmann): habitational name for someone from a place called Thur ( see Thur ).3 German (Thurmann): occupational name for a watchman, from Middle Low German torn(e)-man (torn(e) ‘tower’) or Middle High German turn, turm ‘tower’ + man ‘man’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Emeline Thurman in household of John C Thurman, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Susan Meeks in household of Athe Meeks, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Emeline Thurman, "Indiana, Marriages, 1811-2007"

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